Samosa

Samosa – this fried or baked savory snack with spicy filling has become a universal chaat/appetizer these days. You can find them in the menu of other cuisines too and it is wide spread all over the world. In my kachori post I mentioned that, kachori is a cousin of Samosa. Yes, like kachori this savory snack is also filled with spicy filling and deep fried. Baked samosas are also getting popular, which I am reserving for this winter.

Like kachori, samosa has multiple names like samoosa, samsa, somsa and this list goes on. According to wiki, samosa is claimed to have originated in the Middle East (where it is known as sambosa)prior to the 10th century. Samosas were introduced to the Indian subcontinent in the 13th or 14th century by traders from Central Asia . Interesting huh? In my native mini onion samosa are very popular, especially in theaters. But I never got a chance to relish it frequently as my parents restrict me from buying fried and oily foods from outside. I need to agree with them too. (Good girl naa ;-)) There are different varieties of samosa based on the filling and mini samosa called as cocktail samosas are party pleasers. Today I am going post the classic samosa recipe with the potato filling.

Shaping the samosa in to a cone shape is an art by itself. It might sound difficult but with practice you can master it pretty easily. There is a lot of room for improvement in my samosa too. I won’t say my samosa has perfect shape but it tasted awesome and it was perfect for other recipe that’s coming tomorrow. Shaping samosa is a basic geometry principle. For samosa we need an elliptical base cone instead of circular based cone. But to be honest, both works fine. All we need to do is, roll the dough in an elliptical form, cut into two halves and bring the edges of the halves together to form a cone. Once the filling is added, we need to make sure the base is flat so that the samosa can stand properly. If you have an elliptical base, this step becomes slightly easy. You slight fold the middle part on the edge of the base as a support and seal them all together.  Hope I have captured everything in the quick video and also in the pictures.

Here I am presenting the classic potato filled samosa served with green chutney and sweet chutney.    samosacollageIngredients:

For the filling:

  • Medium sized potatoes -5
  • Half of medium sized onion – finely chopped
  • Frozen or Fresh Peas – 1/4 cup
  • Oil – 1 tbsp
  • Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
  • Fennel seed powder – 1 tsp
  • Red chilly powder – 1 tsp
  • Chaat Masala – 1 tsp
  • Salt – 1.5 tsps
  • Chopped Cilantro – 1 tbsp

For The Outer Covering

  • Maida – 1.5 cups
  • Oil – 2 tsps
  • Salt – 1/2 tsp
  • Ajwain – 1/4 tsp
  • Baking soda – 1/4 tsp
  • Water – less than 1/4 cup

Other Ingredients:

  • Oil for frying
  • Maida / All purpose flour – for dusting
  • Green Chutney as required for serving (or)
  • Sweet Dates chutney as required for serving (or)
  • Ketchup as required for serving
  • Water – 1/2 cup for spreading in the edges

Steps:

Preparing the outer layer:

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  • In a wide mixing bowl, add the maida or all purpose flour, salt, ajwain,oil and baking soda.
  • Mix well and make sure you the oil is gets coated in the flour properly. This ensure crispy samosa.
  • Slowly drizzle water and mix the flour to form a stiff dough.
  • Do not add more than 2 tbsps of water at a time. Add water on required basis and I added less than 1/4 cup only.
  • Knead the dough for couple of minutes and cover it with a damp cloth and let it sit for sometime.
  • Meanwhile we can prepare the filling.

Preparing the filling:

Prep Work:

  • Boil the potatoes in your preferred way either by microwaving them or pressure cooking them.
  • Let it cool and peel the skin and chop them roughly.
  • Chop the onions and cilantro.
  • If you are using frozen peas, thaw them or soak them into water for 15 minutes and make sure they in room temperature.

Procedure:

samosafillingprep

  • Heat the kadai and add oil.
  • Once the oil is hot, add the cumin seeds. As they start to splutter, add the chopped onion.
  • Cook until the onion turns translucent.
  • Now add the peas and cook for two minutes. 
  • Then add the dry masalas – Fennel seed powder, red chilly powder, chaat masala and salt.
  • Now mix them well and cook in medium flame until all water is evaporated.
  • At this stage, add the chopped potatoes and mix well. Ensure the potatoes are coated well the masala.
  • Cook in medium heat for about 5 minutes until light brown crust is formed.
  • Turn off the heat and sprinkle chopped cilantro and mix well.

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That’s it. The potato filling is ready.

Shaping the Samosas, Filling & Frying:

  • Pinch a medium lemon sized ball from the dough and roll it in a elliptical shape.
  • Now cut them into two halves.
  • Using your finger tips, spread little water around the edges. This helps in sealing the samosas properly.
  • Bring the open edges to the middle as show in the image and press them together to form a cone.
  • Seal the tip of the cone and now fill the inside with 2 tbsps of potato filling.
  • Press the potato filling and make sure there is some space to bring the edges together.
  • Now slightly pinch or fold the edge as indicated in the picture and them bring the bottom edges together and seal them tightly.
  • The folding helps the samosas to stand and it acts like the vertebrae. :-) Here is the quick video of shaping and filling the samosas.
  • Now heat the oil for frying. Meanwhile follow the above steps and shape more samosas with the remaining dough.

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  • Once the oil is hot, bring it to medium heat and slowly drop the samosa in the oil.
  • Fry it nicely until it is slightly brown in color and take it out and let it sit tissue paper to remove the excess oil.
  • I fried about 3 samosas in one batch. As samosa take comparatively longer time to fry, you might need to increase the heat to reheat the oil again. 

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That’s it. Yummy samosa are ready. Serve hot with your favorite sweet or green chutney or with ketchup.

Notes:

  • While preparing the samosa dough, instead of oil you can add 2 tsps of ghee too.
  • There are zillion potato filling recipes. I usually skip green chillies and also lemon juice.
  • Also instead of garam masala, I add fennel powder and chaat masala. You can include garam masala too.
  • Adjust the salt and spices as per you preference.

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Samosa
Yields 10
Samosa – fried or baked savory snack with spicy filling. This samosa recipe has spicy potato filling with step by step instructions explaining how to shape.
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
50 min
Total Time
1 hr 20 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
50 min
Total Time
1 hr 20 min
For the filling
  1. Medium sized potatoes -5
  2. Half of medium sized onion - finely chopped
  3. Frozen or Fresh Peas - 1/4 cup
  4. Oil - 1 tbsp
  5. Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
  6. Fennel seed powder - 1 tsp
  7. Red chilly powder - 1 tsp
  8. Chaat Masala - 1 tsp
  9. Salt - 1.5 tsps
  10. Chopped Cilantro - 1 tbsp
  11. For The Outer Covering
  12. Maida - 1.5 cups
  13. Oil - 2 tsps
  14. Salt - 1/2 tsp
  15. Ajwain - 1/4 tsp
  16. Baking soda - 1/4 tsp
  17. Water - less than 1/4 cup
Other Ingredients
  1. Oil for frying
  2. Maida / All purpose flour - for dusting
  3. Green Chutney as required for serving (or)
  4. Sweet Dates chutney as required for serving (or)
  5. Ketchup as required for serving
  6. Water - 1/2 cup for spreading in the edges
Steps
    Preparing the outer layer
    1. In a wide mixing bowl, add the maida or all purpose flour, salt, ajwain,oil and baking soda.
    2. Mix well and make sure you the oil is gets coated in the flour properly. This ensure crispy samosa.
    3. Slowly drizzle water and mix the flour to form a stiff dough.
    4. Do not add more than 2 tbsps of water at a time. Add water on required basis and I added less than 1/4 cup only.
    5. Knead the dough for couple of minutes and cover it with a damp cloth and let it sit for sometime.
    6. Meanwhile we can prepare the filling.
    Preparing the filling
      Prep Work
      1. Boil the potatoes in your preferred way either by microwaving them or pressure cooking them.
      2. Let it cool and peel the skin and chop them roughly.
      3. Chop the onions and cilantro.
      4. If you are using frozen peas, thaw them or soak them into water for 15 minutes and make sure they in room temperature.
      Procedure
      1. Heat the kadai and add oil.
      2. Once the oil is hot, add the cumin seeds. As they start to splutter, add the chopped onion.
      3. Cook until the onion turns translucent.
      4. Now add the peas and cook for two minutes.
      5. Then add the dry masalas - Fennel seed powder, red chilly powder, chaat masala and salt.
      6. Now mix them well and cook in medium flame until all water is evaporated.
      7. At this stage, add the chopped potatoes and mix well. Ensure the potatoes are coated well the masala.
      8. Cook in medium heat for about 5 minutes until light brown crust is formed.
      9. Turn off the heat and sprinkle chopped cilantro and mixed well.
      10. That’s it. The potato filling is ready.
      Shaping the Samosas, Filling & Frying
      1. Pinch a medium lemon sized ball from the dough and roll it in a elliptical shape.
      2. Now cut them into two halves.
      3. Using your finger tips, spread little water around the edges. This helps in sealing the samosas properly.
      4. Bring the open edges to the middle as show in the image and press them together to form a cone.
      5. Seal the tip of the cone and now fill the inside with 2 tbsps of potato filling.
      6. Press the potato filling and make sure there is some space to bring the edges together.
      7. Now slightly pinch or fold the edge as indicated in the picture and them bring the bottom edges together and seal them tightly.
      8. The folding helps the samosas to stand and it acts like the vertebrae. :-) Here is the quick video of shaping and filling the samosas.
      9. Now heat the oil for frying. Meanwhile follow the above steps and shape more samosas with the remaining dough.
      10. Once the oil is hot, bring it to medium heat and slowly drop the samosa in the oil.
      11. Fry it nicely until it is slightly brown in color and take it out and let it sit tissue paper to remove the excess oil.
      12. I fried about 3 samosas in one batch. As samosa take comparatively longer time to fry, you might need to increase the heat to reheat the oil again.
      13. That’s it. Yummy samosa are ready. Serve hot with your favorite sweet or green chutney or with ketchup.
      Notes
      1. While preparing the samosa dough, instead of oil you can add 2 tsps of ghee too.
      2. There are zillion potato filling recipes. I usually skip green chillies and also lemon juice.
      3. Also instead of garam masala, I add fennel powder and chaat masala. You can include garam masala too.
      4. Adjust the salt and spices as per you preference.
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      1. Looks like you had a ball doing this theme!..so many yummy snacks one after the other!..no wonder you had to take a break..lol..I guess I haven’t found a person who doesn’t like samosas..

      2. I make the filling slight differently but this is such a classic and yummy dish that any filling sounds good. BTW, your samosa chole chaat made me send my husband out right now to get me some chaat. It tempted me as I mentioned. :)

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      5. usha

        I haven’t made samosa from scratch in a long time!! Will wait for the baked version and know when it is going to be posted :)

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